Surgical abortions are traumatic, says researcher

Etienne–Emile Baulieu, who was pivotal in discovering the abortion pill, RU-486, describes how surgical abortions can be difficult and dangerous for women:

“In theory, a woman could drop into a clinic at 8 o’clock and, after an hour’s rest following the procedure, go on her way without another thought to her pregnancy. But it doesn’t always work like that. She may begin hemorrhaging because of tissue left behind, or she may suffer the sharp pain of a perforation. Infection may set in, causing later distress and, in extreme cases, infertility. Even when the medical process is flawless, few women can simply shrug off the procedure. Any instrumental abortion is an intrusion. Physically, it is an operation and may leave a scar. Psychologically, it is an invasion of the most intimate reaches of a woman’s body.”

Etienne–Emile Baulieu The “Abortion Pill” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990) 15

Women would later discover that abortion by pill may be even more traumatic than abortion by surgery. Read some stories here. 

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Abortion doctors and sexist remarks

From Merle Hoffman, who co-founded and ran an abortion clinic for many years, talks about sexist remarks from abortion doctors:

“… some doctors would make blatantly sexist remarks. “Come on, you knew how to spread your legs before you got here, you can spread them for the exam,” a doctor once chided. Another commanded a patient to keep still, saying, “Keep your backside on the table – you should know pretty well how to do that by now.”

Merle Hoffman Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) 76 – 77

This is a pro-choice book where Hoffman defends her career as an abortion provider.

You can see how these doctors are not exactly champions of women’s rights. Women who go in for abortions are often already feeling emotional and scared and being emotionally abused only leads to them having more traumatic experiences. It is clear that these doctors are not motivated by wanting to help women. Perhaps it is the money they can make doing abortions that motivates them. 

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Abortionist doesn’t tell his patients he will be “sucking out the brains” of their babies during partial-birth abortions

partbrt4In the partial-birth abortion ban trials, one abortionist was asked whether or not he tells his patients how he is going to kill their babies when they come in for abortions. The partial-birth abortion procedure is done by delivering an infant part of the way out of the womb and then injecting a pair of surgical scissors or syring into the back of the baby’s head and suctioning out the brain.Here, the abortionist is asked if he tells his patients he will be “sucking out the brain” of the unborn baby they plan to abort:

THE WITNESS: I’m … not exactly sure what using terminology like sucking the brains out would –

THE COURT: That’s what happens, doesn’t it?

THE WITNESS: Well, in some situations that might happen. There are different ways that an after-coming head could be dealt with but that is one way of describing it. 

Testimony of abortionist Dr Timothy Johnson, National Abortion Federation, et. al. v. Ashcroft, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, March 31, 2004.

It took years, but partial-birth abortions were finally banned in the United States. Pro-choice activists fought tooth and nail to prevent this from happening; the first time the ban was passed President Clinton vetoed it. Later, it went to the Supreme Court and was found unconstitutional. Finally, with a change of  the Supreme Court justices and some revisions, it passed, and now this type of abortion is illegal. However, other abortion techniques just as gruesome are still allowed.

Read one nurse’s eyewitness account of a partial-birth abortion.

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14-year-old girl who had abortion at Dr. George Tiller’s clinic recalls the painful experience

The murder of Doctor George Tiller was condemned by every mainstream pro-life organization. Pro-choicers have painted him as a kindly martyr, dedicated only to helping women. However, there are a number of women who have spoken out after having abortions at his clinic. Here is the story of one, Patient K:

Unborn baby at 20 weeks

Unborn baby at 20 weeks

When I was 14 I found out I was 20 weeks pregnant. I was persuaded by my doctor, church leaders and family to abort the baby. However, in the state of Maryland [late] abortion was not an option. My parents found Dr. George Tiller’s Clinic in Wichita, Kansas by searching on the internet and I was flown there within days of finding out I was pregnant.

I was so scared, ashamed and confused. I knew what I was doing was wrong….

The first day involved signing a lot of papers. I did not understand any of what I was reading before I signed my child’s life away. No one explained anything to me. I had no idea what exactly I was getting myself into, the pain, the risks, the after effects. The clinic was dark and quiet. I wanted the whole experience to be over and to go back home, but every step I took made it harder and harder to turn back.

I participated in group “therapy” with other women who were there for the five day procedure as well. I was the youngest and from the looks of the other woman the least far along in my pregnancy. From talking with the other woman I learned more of their stories. I remember being so disgusted because there were woman there who had no “good” reason to be. Married, financially stable, healthy women who just did not feel like they were ready. I couldn’t see why they waited so long to decide that! But I was there too so who was I to judge?”

[She describes having laminaria inserted and being sent back to her hotel room. Then she recalls:]

On the final day we got to the clinic early. There were 6-10 other woman and we were all in the same large room in our own hospital bed. I could hear the others moaning and I knew how they felt. We were all in labor. I was so cold. I was shaking so violently that a nurse came by and placed many blankets on me so the shivering would stop. It didn’t. No one sat beside my bed or asked how I was. A nurse would come by every once in a while and say, “Let see where we are now,” as she shoved her hand under my blankets and felt my cervix. I laid there for what seemed like days. Finally, she called to another nurse and said, “This one’s ready.”

They put me into a wheelchair and awkwardly wheeled me and my IV into a small room. There was a toilet there and I was told to sit on it. I was confused when they told me to push. I was in so much pain and fogginess from the IV that I did as they said. I wanted it to be over. I didn’t have much strength so the nurse said to lean on her and that would make pushing easier. I pushed. My baby was left in that toilet.

After this I was wheeled into another examining room and I was placed on a big metal table. There was a large light beating down on me. As the nurse waited with me for the doctor she rubbed my stomach and said, “Look how skinny you are now!” I cried…”

In Their Own Words: Women’s Stories Of Coerced, Botched, and Illegal Abortions At Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, KS” Operation Rescue

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Aborting a down syndrome baby because he can’t go to Cornell?

One father, a computer technologist, said the following about what he would think if the baby turned out to have Down’s:

“I’m sorry to say that I just couldn’t accept that. I mean, I’ve worked hard to get where I am, I worked hard at Cornell. And I want the same for my child. I want to teach my child, and have him learn. Maybe it’s unfortunate, maybe I should be more accepting. But I don’t want a child with retardation.”

Later, in the same book, he said:

“I’m sorry to say I couldn’t think about raising a child with Down’s. I’m something of a perfectionist. I want the best for my child. I’ve worked hard, I went to Cornell University, I’d want that for my child. I’d want to teach him things he couldn’t absorb. I’m sorry I can’t be more accepting, but I’m clear I wouldn’t want to continue the pregnancy.”

Rayna Rapp Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (New York: Routledge, 1999) 90, 133 – 134

He and his partner were having amniocentesis done with the plan to abort the baby if he or she had down syndrome.

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Young woman takes job at clinic, then finds out they do abortions

A young woman living independently of her mother for the first time gets involved in an abortion clinic without knowing it:

“I enrolled at Miami-Dade College and answered a newspaper ad seeking a receptionist at a Women’s Clinic close by the house where I was staying. I was immediately hired and began my training on how to answer the phone behind the front desk. At the time, all I was looking for was a job and an opportunity. Being offered a position in a medical clinic was a great opportunity as it allowed me to stay in the medical field, where I hoped to continue to grow and develop.

I was not familiar with the services offered by this clinic at the time I accepted the job. I assumed with it being a women’s clinic, it implied annual gynecological exams and birth control. It wasn’t until I was hired that I discovered they also provided abortions. I was unfamiliar with the medical procedure itself as it related to abortions, but 3 years before, Roe V Wade had made abortions legal and to my impressionable young mind, legal meant that they were safe. As far as I was concerned that was really all that mattered.”

Jeanne M. Pernia, Cherisa Jerez Conquered: the Story of One Clinic’s Journey from Death to Life (2013) 15

One could think that because this happened a long time ago, women are now more aware that “women’s clinics” and “women’s centers” are likely to perform abortions. However, it doesn’t seem to strain credulity that some women end up working at abortion clinics without really knowing or thinking about it. This young woman certainly didn’t wrestle with the dilemma of whether abortion was right or wrong. She had no real understanding of what abortion actually was like. She had never seen one. She didn’t know the gruesome nature of many abortion procedures, the fact that after suctioning out the baby, doctors often have to sort through the fetal remains to find 2 arms, 2 legs, a head, etc., to make sure they got everything out. Even though just a room or two away, abortionists were taking apart children, she didn’t know the reality.

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Cars, elevators, telephones, and the abortion pill

Longtime pro-abortion activist Lawrence Lader praises the abortion pill and talks about how it is one of the best inventions science has ever come up with:

“RU-486 [The abortion pill] presents a classic case of how scientific progress can revolutionize our lives. Within the last century, the railroad opened up Western America and became a major factor in turning the United States into an economic colossus. The elevator was essential to the development of the skyscraper, the vertical city, and the concentration of businesses and services in a unified geographic area. The automobile give us more than speed; it opened up the suburbs and the possibility of combining a rural or semi rural lifestyle with employment in the central city. The cathode ray tube made television possible. Antibiotics and other pioneering drugs extended our lifespan and improved the quality of these added years. But when it comes to making an impact on our personal relationships, the science of controlling human reproduction must be considered unique. No other development – not even the telephone, with its advantage of bringing families and friends together – as so drastically changed our lives….

With the development of RU-486, scientific progress has reached a whole new stage.”

Lawrence Lader, RU-486: The Pill That Could End The Abortion Wars And Why American Women Don’t Have It (New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991) 19

So apparently, a pill that allows women to kill their unborn babies at home (which is an extremely painful and upsetting experience for them) is an invention on par with the telephone and the automobile. Perhaps a better comparison would be the guillotine and the electric chair.

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Patients need rescheduling? A good reason to commit murder

Carol Westfall, abortionist and executive director of the Akron Women’s Medical Group abortion clinic Ohio, said the following when a judge ruled that an informed consent law, which required a 24 hour waiting period for abortions, could go into effect. The law ruling meant that a days’ worth of abortion procedures would have to be rescheduled at Westfall’s clinic.

`This ruling came out at quarter to five on a Thursday night. It was impossible to get a hold of these patients,” Westfall said. “My opinion is, the judge should be lynched.’

“Lynch the Judge?” JivinJehoshaphat September 13, 2005

The quote appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal, but the original article now appears to be offline.

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United Church of Christ minister: Planned Parenthood Does “Sacred Work” of “Love” and “Justice”

Tom Davis, who is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a chaplain and professor at Skidmore College:

“I contend that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a form of sacred work, the work, that is, of securing reproductive justice for women… Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is thoroughly secular. But when it comes to the issue of sacred work, that doesn’t matter. The scripture is clear about one thing: sacred work, the work of justice, is sacred no matter who does it.… In the biblical view, sacred work is love, and in practical social realities, sacred work is justice.”

Tom Davis Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2005) 6 – 7

Below: An example of some of Planned Parenthood’s sacred work

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my girlfriend didn’t want to disappoint her parents, so she didn’t tell them she aborted my child

When a bill requiring minors getting abortions to inform their parents was being considered, a blogger posted some stories from teenagers speaking out either in favor or against the bill. This young man was the father of an aborted baby. He argues against the bill, believing minors should not have to tell their parents:

“My girlfriend Jenay had an abortion and the baby was mine. I met her at John Muir Middle School in Oakland. We were both 14. She was 15 when she had an abortion….

“She had the abortion because she didn’t want her father to hate her. She didn’t actually know if he really would have hated her, but they had some talks in the past and he told her she should wait to have sex and that he would be disappointed if she got pregnant…..

After she had the abortion I felt really bad and relieved at the same time.I felt bad because we killed my son or daughter. I was relieved because I didn’t have to go through the drama that might have occurred with my family and I if they found out.”

“Post-abortive teens on Proposition 73” JivinJeoshaphat Wednesday, November 09, 2005

He seems to realize that a baby died in the abortion, his own son or daughter. He doesn’t seem to care very much however. But when pro-lifers say that teenagers should get the consent of their parents or at least have to notify them before they get an abortion, pro-choicers insist that teens already tell their parents that the only teens who don’t are those in abusive families. This girl didn’t involve her parents in the decision because she was afraid they would be disappointed with her –not because  they were abusive; they do not threaten her, they were nonviolent. She could’ve gone to her parents, and this may have had a different outcome if she had. At the very least, she would not have had to go through a major surgical procedure alone at 15, and been forced to handle any possible aftereffects or complications in secret.It is hard to understand how this is in the best interests of minors.

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